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Tizen and More Android Leftovers

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Walmart takes its Amazon battle to the clouds

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When Amazon moved into brick and mortar with its Whole Foods purchase, many people assumed the battle between Amazon and Walmart for your retail dollar would move to the streets of America. The conflict will be fought there with drones, self-driving delivery trucks, and no-touch stores, but it will also be fought in Amazon's stronghold: The cloud.

While everyone knows about Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, Walmart hasn't been neglecting the cloud either. Years ago, Walmart invested in the OpenStack cloud.

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SolydXK 9 Linux Distributions Enter Beta Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch"

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The developers of the Debian-based SolydX and SolydK GNU/Linux distributions announced today that the upcoming SolydXK 9 stable release entered Beta phase with Live ISO images available now for public testing.

Based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system, SolydXK 9 promises to add a new look and feel to both SolydX and SolydK variants by implementing light or dark themes that users can choose during first boot or afterward.

For SolydXK 9, the developers worked on a graphical user interface for the in-house built Solydxk Systems tool, which now lets users encrypt their partitions, select the closest repositories to their location, hold back packages from upgrade, localize or cleanup their system.

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Linux Kernels 4.4.74 LTS and 3.18.58 Fix Memory Leaks and Add More Improvements

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Only two days after releasing the Linux 4.11.7 and 4.9.34 LTS kernel updates, Greg Kroah-Hartman is today announcing the availability of new maintenance releases for the long-term supported Linux 4.4 and 3.18 kernel series.

Linux kernels 4.4.74 LTS and 3.18.58 are now available, shipping more than a week after their previous point releases to add various improvements and stability fixes to supported drivers, architectures, and filesystems. According to their appended shortlogs (here and here), a total of 50 files were changed in Linux kernel 4.4.74 LTS, with 253 insertions and 228 deletions, and Linux kernel 3.18.58 changes a total of 53 files, with 353 insertions and 271 deletions.

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Huawei Continues Working On Protectable Memory Support For The Linux Kernel

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Igor Stoppa of Huawei continues working on a new kernel feature to provide read-only protection for dynamic data.

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AMD Graphics and Processors (for Linux, LLVM, Coreboot...)

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  • AMD/nVidia: The Share of Free and Proprietary Drivers

    Following our survey conducted back in the end of March 2017, we have collected a wealth of information regarding the usage pattern of Linux gamers from the Reddit communities (hopefully a representative sample of the larger Linux gaming audience). You can refer to last year’s survey results from 2016, and a couple of recent articles about the 2017 survey results (the wheels used by Linux gamers, or the top 20 games Linux gamers want to see ported). This time we will focus on the GPU market, and first, here are some figures about the share of each GPU Brand...

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    Among Linux AMD gamers, as you can the situation is almost the reverse of nVidia’s. 90% of them use Free Software drivers, and only 10% use Proprietary ones. Mesa has grown from leaps and bounds since the past few years, and it’s apparently what most AMD gamers use nowadays. I must admit I did not expect that figure to be so high, but then again Feral among others is mainly supporting the Mesa drivers when it comes to their ports (for example Dirt Rally).

  • 92 Patches Later: Experimental NIR Backend For RadeonSI
  • AMD Still Planning For Zen Scheduler In LLVM 5.0
  • AMD's Plans For ARB_gl_spirv Support In RadeonSI
  • More AMD Stoney Ridge Code Lands In Coreboot

Kernel: AES-128-CBC Support, Linux 4.12 5 Days Away, Stable New Kernels and More

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  • AES-128-CBC Support Coming To Fscrypt

    AES-128-CBC support is coming to fscrypt, the generic file-system crypto code in the Linux kernel that's currently in use by F2FS and EXT4 for offering native file-system encryption support.

    Fscrypt currently makes use of AES-256-XTS/AES-256-CBC-CTS but the fscrypt design allows for supporting multiple encryption standards. Support for AES-128-CBC in file contents and AES-128-CBC-CTS for file names is being added namely for mobile/embedded hardware that may provide crypto accelerators for these standards.

  • Linux Kernel 4.12 Could Launch on July 2 as Linus Torvalds Announces Last RC

    Those wanting to always run the latest Linux kernel on their GNU/Linux distributions will be happy to learn that the Linux 4.12 series is almost here and could launch as soon as next week, on July 2, 2017.

    In a mailing list announcement, Linus Torvalds informed the community about the availability of what it appears to be the last RC (Release Candidate) of Linux kernel 4.12, which he considers a fairly small patch that doesn't bring any huge surprises. Therefore, the final release of the Linux 4.12 kernel series could arrive next week.

  • Kernel prepatch 4.12-rc7
  • Stable kernel updates
  • [Older] [RFC PATCH] KEYS: Allow a live daemon in a namespace to service request_key upcalls

Desktop/Laptop: Open Letter to the Linux Community, Librem Laptops, Chrome OS, and the Laptop Survey

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  • ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE | An Open Letter to the Linux Community
  • Purism offers reassurance with expanded access to security-minded Librem laptops [Ed: Purism is pure PR, with 3 puff pieces about Librem today]

    More than ever before, it’s crucial for the average PC user to maintain their own digital security. The high profile Wannacry ransomware attack earlier this year was just one example of what can happen when hackers strike. With this in mind, privacy-minded laptop manufacturer Purism has announced an expansion to the availability of its Librem line.

    Purism launched its first wave of Librem computers in 2015 via a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign. The project raised $461,946 during its stint on CrowdSupply, a figure that has since swelled to over $2.5 million when subsequent donations and seed funding are taken into account.

  • You won't have to wait too long for a Purism Librem Laptop anymore

    Although the chatter, whistleblowing, and mudslinging revolving around data privacy and security have somewhat died down, it hasn’t completely vanished and is perhaps more critical than ever before. That is perhaps why Purism, the folks behind the privacy-focused Librem Laptops, have decided to take a more mainstream approach to their sales, shipping the laptops in just weeks after paying for one instead of the months-long waiting period before.

  • Google's Chrome OS Team Is Experimenting with Refreshed Sign-In/Lock Screens

    Google's Chromium evangelist François Beaufort recently revealed that the Chrome OS team is currently experimenting with refreshed versions of the Sign-In and Lock screens in the operating system.

    In a Google+ post, the Chromium/Chrome OS developer published a screenshot of the proposed upcoming design of Chrome OS' Lock and Sing-In screens, which reveals that fact that they've been updated to look good on both landscape and portrait modes.

    "The Chrome OS team is experimenting with a refreshed version of the Sign-In and Lock Screens in the latest Chrome Canary," says François Beaufort. "Whether your device is in landscape mode or portrait mode, these screens look gorgeous in my opinion."

  • An Early Look At Our 2017 Linux Laptop Survey Results So Far

    The full survey results will become available after the survey has ended. There's still more than one week to go so make sure you fill out the survey.

Desktops: KDE, Budgie, and GNOME

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  • KMail Bug Sent Encrypted Emails in Plain-Text — for 4 years [Ed: Very misleading headline. KMmail (which I used with PGP since 2004) only did this under rare scenarios.]

    A KMail bug has inadvertently sent PGP encrypted emails in plain-text — for the past four years! A flaw in the ‘Send it Later’ feature, introduced in Kmail 4.11, allows users to schedule the time and date that emails are sent. Unfortunately, the feature was incompatible with the client’s OpenPGP implementation.

  • digiKam 5.6 Professional Photo Management App Released with HTML Gallery Tool

    The digiKam development team is pleased to announce the release of digiKam 5.6, a new stable update of the open-source and cross-platform professional photo management app for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

    digiKam 5.6 is here about three and a half months after the previous release, which means that the development team had the time to implement all sort of new features and functionality to enhance the abilities of the image manipulator and organizer applications. Of course, as with any new version, there are various performance optimizations and bug fixes.

  • Budgie Desktop / Solus: Minimal & Clean Desktop Environment

    You may have heard of (or currently use!) Budgie Desktop. It's a minimal, but full featured, workspace currently based upon the GNOME/GTK stack. (The developer has announced they will be moving to QT in the future).

    Recently, the creator of Solus & Budgie, Ikey Doherty, left his job at Intel to work on the Solus Project full time. This, coupled with another developer, Stefan Ric, joining the team means that Solus users should prepare for an influx of new development.

  • Recurring Events Coming to GNOME Calendar

    The GNOME Calendar app is to gain support for recurring calendar events in GNOME 3.26.

    Developer Yash Singh is working to add the relevant code necessary to support recurring events as part of the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2017.

    “Support for recurrent events already exists in Evolution calendar but it is lacking in GNOME Calendar. For example, right now, for a weekly repeating event, users have to manually add that event every week which is very inconvenient and time consuming,” he explains.

  • Stuck in the Challenge

    My Sunday days are reserved for the GNOME Peru Challenge 2017-1 and one key action to success is to get an application running, to fix a bug. In this matter, jhbuild and GNOME Builder are the way to achieve it.

How Linux and makerspaces can strengthen our social fabric

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In recent years, we've seen the rise of makerspaces, a new social invention where people with shared interests, especially in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), gather to work on projects and share ideas.

I was intrigued when I learned about a makerspace in my community, because I had never heard of such a concept before. I've since learned that makerspaces offer so much more than just a place to learn and build. A well-run makerspace also knits together a community and its social fabric—and, most importantly, invites in people who might otherwise be marginalized.

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today's leftovers

  • Manjaro Linux 17.0.2 Arch-based operating system is here with GNOME, KDE, and Xfce
    Many Linux snobs push the Arch operating system as the greatest thing since sliced bread. In fact, some members of the Arch community (not all of them) can be downright mean and unpleasant to non-users. Not using Arch? Ugh. Peasant! In reality, while Arch is a fine OS (stable and fast), it can be very hard to install and set up, and quite frankly, often not worth the hassle. People have lives to live, and sometimes it is easy to forget that an operating system and associated computer are tools -- not a religion.
  • [Older] Friends, syslog-ng, Package Hub, ARM: openSUSE conference 2017
    Being a long-time openSUSE user, I visit the openSUSE conference not only to present on one of its components – syslog-ng – but also to meet friends and learn about new technologies and the plans for the upcoming year. Some talks, like those about Package Hub, were very interesting and important also from a syslog-ng perspective. Of course, I also joined a few talks for my personal interest, like the one on the new ARM devices supported by openSUSE.
  • UK Army to Use Red Hat OS, Automation Platform for Private Cloud Needs
  • Linux-ready PC/104 board runs on 6 to 7 Watts
    Win Enterprises announced a “MB-83310” PC/104 SBC with a Vortex DX3 SoC, GbE, Fast Ethernet, SATA, M.2, and a -20 to 70°C operating range.
  • [Older] The Turtlebot 3 has launched
    If you’re familiar with ROS (Robot Operating System), chances are you’re also familiar with the Turtlebot. The first version of the Turtlebot was created back in 2010 to serve as an inexpensive platform for learning ROS. This was followed in 2012 by the Turtlebot 2, which has since become the reference platform for learning ROS. We have a number of them here at Canonical, and we love them, although we have one issue with them: they’re just a tad too big. Taking them on a plane requires one to decide what one loves more, one’s belongings, or the Turtlebot, and to check the other.
  • Ubuntu ranked as 2nd most used IoT OS by Eclipse Foundation survey
  • Conjure-up dev summary: Week 25
    We recently switched over to using a bundled LXD and with that change came a few hiccups in deployments. We've been monitoring the error reports coming in and have made several fixes to improve that journey. If you are one of the ones unable to deploy spells please give this release another go and get in touch with us if you still run into problems.
  • We're looking for Ubuntu 17.10 wallpapers right now!
    Submissions will be handled via Flickr at the Ubuntu 17.10 Free Culture Showcase - Wallpapers group, and the submission window begins now and ends on July 3rd.
  • Atollic TrueSTUDIO, the leading commercial GNU/Eclipse IDE for ARM devices is now available for use on Linux workstations
    Atollic TrueSTUDIO IDE has rapidly become the preferred Eclipse™/GDB/GCC-based software development environment for developers working with ARM-based devices. The Linux hosting announcement is expected to widely increase the popularity of this tool.
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  • Security-Focused Purism Librem 13 & 15 Linux Laptops Go Mainstream with Qubes OS
    Purism, the social purpose corporation focused on designing and manufacturing privacy-conscious hardware and software products, announced the general availability of their security-focused Purism Librem 13 and 15 laptops. Until recently, both Purism Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops were available only as made-to-order, which means that those who wanted to purchase either model would have to order it first and then wait a few months until the device arrived. And now, the company finally managed to scale the production to hold inventory of the laptops.

Newly-Built Software for Slackware

  • What if gcc 7 gives you headaches?
    In Slackware-current we use version 7.1.0 of the gcc compiler suite. These advanced compilers can sometimes be quite a bit more strict about what they accept as valid code. As a consequence, you will regularly run into compilation issues with software. Not just the software made with the scripts on slackbuilds.org, but also some of the software in the Slackware core distribution requires patches in order to get them to compile. Until now, I have been lucky to find the patches I needed in the repositories of other distributions, or else developers patched their software themselves. But there will be corner cases where solutions and patches are not readily found, or the developers will simply not support gcc 7. Pale Moon is such a piece of software where the developers recommend compiling with gcc 4.x or as a last resort, gcc 5.
  • Plasma 5 for Slackware – June release
    Slackware64 14.2 users will have to wait another day, but I have uploaded my latest set of Plasma 5 packages for Slackware-current to the ‘ktown’ repository. KDE 5_17.06 contains: KDE Frameworks 5.35.0, Plasma 5.10.2 and Applications 17.04.2. I based this new release on Qt 5.9.0 (at least for Slackware-current… for 14.2 I will stick to Qt 5.7.1). NOTE: I will no longer be releasing Plasma 5 packages for 32bit Slackware 14.2.
  • LibreOffice 5.3.4 packages for -current
    When looking for package updates in preparation for a new Slackware Live PLASMA5 edition, I noticed that the Document Foundation had released LibreOffice 5.3.4 without updating their blog with the news – it’s only mentioned on the download page. I have built and uploaded Slackware-current packages for libreoffice-5.3.4. If you are on Slackware 14.2 you will probably have to skip this one, as I will not have time for compiling packages the coming weeks (allocates one virtual machine for one day per build, since I can only check on progress in the evenings). The package for -current needed to be (re-)built anyway because of the library issue with Slackware’s updated libGLEW which prevented Impress to start.

Tizen and More Android Leftovers

OSS: FOSS in Mappano, Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Blender in Class, Kodi Jobs, Innersource

  • Italian municipality calls for sharing of IT solutions
    The council of Mappano (Italy) is calling for public administrations to share their IT solutions. The Mappano municipality is starting from scratch, and the new council has decided to build its IT infrastructure, and offer its eGovernment services, using free and open source software.
  • Windstream joins Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project to accelerate adoption of open standards for SDN/NFV automation
  • Locks in the classroom – 2017
    For the fifth year now, our grade nine students have been doing 3D modeling using Blender. Our students finished up their first assignments over a month ago, but it’s taken this long for me to get the top models together. So, with no further delay, here are the top models from each of the three grade nine classes (click on the pictures for Full HD renders).
  • Set the WABAC to 1984: Henry Spencer getopt, and the roots of open source
    I excavated a bit of hacker history from old memories today. Not dead history either, but an important beginning of some large good things. Here’s how it happened. I got email from a person requesting me to identify a source for the following allegedly famous quote: “All operating systems eventually turn into Unix
  • Traveling “Kodi Repair Men” Are Apparently a Thing Now

    With all the chaos and upheaval in the Kodi addon scene recently, many 'pirate' devices have stopped performing as they did before. This is a problem for the thousands of people who bought their devices ready configured, since they have no idea how they work. Enter the traveling 'Kodi repair men,' who will fix your box in the pub or even your own home.

  • [Older] Does Valve really own Dota? A jury will decide
    The case could also take an interesting open source-based turn thanks to a September 23, 2004 forum post that could be seen as Eul giving up his claim on any rights to Dota. "From this point forward, Dota is now open source," he wrote. "Whoever wishes to release a version of Dota may without my consent, I just ask for a nod in the credits to your map." This post "might mean that anyone had permission to build their own versions of Dota on any platform—and to sell their versions of Eul’s creation," as Breyer puts it. Or it might simply mean that Eul was just granting a "limited license" intended for other mod-makers, not for standalone games based on Dota.
  • Innersource: A Guide to the What, Why, and How
    In a nutshell, ‘innersource’ refers to bringing the core principles of open source and community collaboration within the walls of an organization. This involves building an internal community, collaborative engineering workflow, and culture.
  • PDP-8/e Replicated — Introduction
    I am creating a replica of the DEC PDP-8/e architecture in an FPGA from schematics of the original hardware. So how did I end up with a project like this? The story begins with me wanting to have a computer with one of those front panels that have many, many lights where you can really see, in real time, what the computer is doing while it is executing code. Not because I am nostalgic for a prior experience with any of those — I was born a bit too late for that and my first computer as a kid was a Commodore 64.
  • [Older] PyCon Pune 2017
  • [Older] My lightning talk in Django Girls PyCon
    In the weekend before PyCon US, we had a Django Girls PyCon workshop in Portland on 12th-13th May. On 12th there were a few lightning talks, and installation before the actual workshop started on 13th.
  • Dreams don’t cost a penny, mumma’s boy :)
    In the dream, I am going to a Debconf, get bursary and the conference is being held somewhere in Europe, maybe Paris...
  • First Round Talks of Fedora + GNOME at UPN
    Today our local group has traveled many miles to the north of Lima to present our lately work by using Fedora and GNOME as users and developers. Thanks to the organizers of the IT Forum to invite us and support our job as Linux volunteers and very nice potential contributors to GNOME and Fedora and the group we have formed.